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Media Release
February 22, 2018
Halifax, NS

Glenn Gould Reimagined for Ideas of North

Award-winning violinist and composer Andrew Forde creates a modern interpretation of the work of Glenn Gould, breathing new life into a classical legacy. Following sold-out shows in Toronto, Forde now brings his intimate and compelling musical journey to the Museum on Saturday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. Ideas of North will embrace Gould’s landmark documentary piece, The Idea of North, with what Forde calls “a modern quilt,” of voices and instrumentation. As part of Forde’s mission to present live music as it once was - performance art, Ideas of North aims to create an unexpected, improvisational environment and to challenge perceptions along the way.

This event is included with Museum admission, and presented in English. Ideas of North is sponsored by TD, produced by Forde Music Group and supported by the Halifax Black Film Festival.

Andrew Forde will be available to the media for interviews any time by phone, and in person March 2nd, and the morning of March 3rd.

Ideas of North
Saturday, March 3
2:00 p.m.
Kenneth C. Rowe Hall
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7

Quick Facts:

  • Andrew Forde is an award winning violinist, Canadian engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. President and CEO for OneOne Technologies Corporation and co-founder of Sommerfeld Solutions, Forde also previously served as the CTO of Automata. He is currently a PhD student at The University of Toronto’s Industrial Engineering department.
  • Glenn Gould’s The Idea of North first aired on CBC Radio on December 28, 1967 as part of a collection of three radio documentaries called The Solitude Triology. It was an experimental sound-scape program in which five speakers provide contrasting views of Northern Canada.


I’m here to serve as an update, to re imagine the north from a 21st century pan-cultural Canada, to take the lead from our Aboriginal sisters and brothers, to share our stories around the world. As a young child my father introduced me to Glenn Gould the pianist. Now, as a man, I am discovering his genius as an alchemist, as a futurist, as a man. His passion for translating the assumed esoteric into art has inspired within me a desire to investigate how my own art is sculpted and performed. - Andrew Forde

About the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 collects, shares and pays tribute to the Canadian immigration story. The Museum is situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Pier 21, the National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. Today, the Museum shares the stories and experiences of all immigrants to Canada, past to present day. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 enhances public understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada, highlights the vital role immigration has played in the building of our country and the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life. It is Canada’s sixth national museum and the only one located in Atlantic Canada.


Media Contact

Please contact to schedule an interview with Andrew Forde.

Beatrice Houston-Gilfoy, Communications Specialist
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Telephone: (902) 425-7770 ext. 264